The Diocese of Chelmsford, ‘the Church of England in East London and Essex,’ is led by the Bishop of Chelmsford, assisted by three Area Bishops (Barking, Bradwell and Colchester) and seven Archdeacons.
The Diocese covers more than 1,500 square miles that stretches from the East coast to the Thames and ranges from countryside to towns and suburbs. It comprises five East London boroughs, the county of Essex, and the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock. Chelmsford is the second largest diocese in England with a population in excess of 3.2 million people, 469 parishes, 316 benefices, 579 churches, 139 church schools with around 500 clergy and 200 Licensed Lay Ministers.
The job holder will hold the equivalent of a full-time clergy post, working up to a maximum of 48 hours per week. It is expected that the job holder will split their time equally between the between the two roles taking account of the necessary demands for each role.
Outline of Terms and Conditions
University Chaplain, Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford Campus) and
Priest in Charge of St John the Evangelist, Moulsham
Information about the Priest in Charge role can be found in the Parish Profile.
The University Chaplain role will be held in conjunction with the Priest in Charge of St John the Evangelist, Moulsham and therefore the two posts will be linked in terms of employment purposes.
The Area Bishop of Bradwell, Deputy Director of Student Services
£28,232 per annum
For the Priest in Charge element of the role, the postholder will be provided with a house for the better performance of their duties.
The job holder will hold the equivalent of a full-time clergy post, working
Up to a maximum of 48 hours per week. It is expected that the job holder
Will split their time equally between the two roles taking account of the
Necessary demands for each role. The postholder may be required to
work additional hours to meet the reasonsable demands of the role.
Clergy Pension Scheme
36 days/ six weeks, plus public holidays
1 weeks’ notice for the first 1 month and 1 months’ notice for the first 6 months. Upon successful completion of the probationary period you will be required to give 3 months’ notice.
Working expenses are paid at the Diocesan rates
Chelmsford Campus, with occasional visits to other campuses and the Diocesan Office. You will also be required to work at other locations in line with the requirements of your role.
The contract of employment will be with the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF). A statement of particulars will also be issued for the Priest in Charge role of St John the Evangelist, Moulsham,
The contract is subject to two satisfactory references, receipt of a completed Confidential Declaration Form, an enhanced DBS check and driving checks. Relevant clergy checks will also be undertaken, including Clergy Current Status Check.
Right to work
Proof of eligibility to work and reside in the UK.
The postholder will undertake the following duties listed in this job description. However, these should be read in the context of the attached document ‘What does an ARU Chaplain do?’.
The Chaplaincy Council is renewing its life and relationships, and to that end will be holding an “awayday” on Wednesday 18 January 2023. This will be the ideal opportunity for the new chaplain to meet and start building relationships with the Council.
Attributes are essential unless otherwise stated
The overarching Qualities and Character required for the role
Qualifications and Knowledge
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